The Pastoral Department of the Catholic Diocese of Oslo has as its goal to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral service in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in the actuality this Gospel has for each and everyone of us in any situation of life. In the Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Oslo the following is written about the work of the Department:
"The Pastoral Department is there to assist parishes and others engaged in pastoral activities with materials, courses, councel, suggestions of activities etc. for their pastoral service (...) It is also the task of the Department to maintain a particular contact with the youth association of the Catholic Chutch in Norway (NUK), Caritas, the Catholic schools and others engaged in pastoral work but are not, however, directly and/or formally organised under the Diocese." (chapter 2.5)
The Pastoral Department works in a number of areas, among others Marriage, family and pro-life, Catechesis, Pastoral care of immigrants, Catholic studies (among other things the responsibility for the academic studies for diocesan candidates to the priesthood and permanent diaconate), Preventive work against sexual abuse in the Church, Faith sharing in digital and social media, etc.
In addition to the work particularly done towards parishes and others engaged in organised pastoral activities, the Pastoral Department also has a direct pastoral service to families and individuals through developing material to help them practice and strengthen their Catholic faith.
We develop courses and material for sacramental marriage preparation, organise gatherings and offer resources in the areas of marriage, family and pro-life. We also develop and offer material for inspiration and help for families to practice Catholic faith and prayer. We are happy to visit parishes and assist in local arrangements where family issues are on the agenda.
We create and publish material (printed and digital) to be used in the preparation of children for the reception of the sacraments (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation), in Sunday school and throughout grades 1 to 10. We arrange annual seminars and retreats for catechists, and we also help the parishes with arranging regional and local courses and seminars. Together with external partners, we also develop and offer catechetical formation on univresity level.
The Diocese of Oslo consists to a large extent of immigrants to Norway, and therefore there is a need of an organised pastoral care for different groups of immigrants. This pastoral care is coordinated by the Office for immigrant pastoral care and is regulated by current guidelines. The office is responsible for collecting reports on immigrant pastoral care throughout the Diocese, regardless of the way it is organised, and to send forward this information to the Bishop and relevant authorities. The Pastoral Department collaborates with the Office for immigrant pastoral care in order to help in offering an integral pastoral care for all Catholics in our Diocese.